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Top Local Chefs Compete

ASHLAND CULINARYASHLAND, Ore. — Ashland’s top chefs are facing off a weekend-long culinary competition.

The competition – part “Iron Chef,” part “Chopped” – is part of the 7th Annual Ashland Culinary Festival. Organizers say at least 600 people are expected to show up at the Ashland Armory throughout the weekend.

In addition to watching the chef’s competition, attendees can try samplings and pairings from over 20 winemakers, brewers, and artisan food makers. Organizers say it’s representative of Ashland’s vibrant and growing food scene.

“We have over 80 restaurants in Ashland. With a small town of 20-thousand you don’t normally expect that, but we have a very highly-educated visitor, and so we have sophisticated amenities,” explained Ashland Culinary Festival Organizer Katharine Flanagan.

The culinary festival continues through Sunday. It will be capped off with a dessert competition at 12:30, followed by the final round of the chef competition later in the afternoon.